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Jaguars pick Brandon Linder in 3rd

5/9/2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The pick: Brandon Linder, G, Miami

My take: The Jaguars traded their fourth-round pick (105th overall) and a sixth-round pick (179th overall) to the New England Patriots to move back into the third round to select Linder with the 93rd overall selection. The 6-foot-6, 311-pound Linder played under Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, so he’s familiar with Fisch’s offense and the zone-blocking scheme the Jaguars use. Though he played both right guard and right tackle at Miami -- sometimes in the same game -- he will compete for the starting spot at right guard. Linder is durable, having started 49 games, including 37 in a row, in his career at Miami. He should solidify the right guard spot that last season was manned by Will Rackley, who battled knee issues and struggled.

OL is OK: Offensive line apparently wasn’t the high priority many outside the organization thought it was. GM David Caldwell said the team is happy with Mike Brewster at center and is content with the depth, especially after the addition of left guard Zane Beadles in free agency. "We aren’t too overly concerned about it," Caldwell said. "You guys may think we’re crazy, but we have guys that we feel like can step in and be competitive."

What’s next: The Jaguars have five picks remaining: one in the fourth (114th overall), two in the fifth (144th and 159th overall), one in the sixth (205th overall) and one in the seventh (222nd overall).